Anchal Thakur bags bronze - India's 1st global medal in skiing


Anchal Thakur, a 21-year-old girl who hails from Himachal Pradesh's Manali, made history on Tuesday by bagging India's first-ever worldwide medal in a skiing championship.

The response to her bronze medal-winning performance in Turkey has been overwhelming, to say the least. Winter sports do not get much recognition in India, given that much of the country does not see snowfall.

Manali Girl Gets First International Medal In Skiing:- Manali based Aanchal Thakur created a history and emerged as the first Indian to win a medal at an International skiing event.

"Months of training have finally borne fruit. I started well and managed to take a good lead, which helped later in getting the third-place finish", Aanchal told "The Times of India" newspaper.

Her feat has not gone unnoticed, and she was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter, "Well done @alleaanchal for winning an global medal in skiing!"

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On her historic achievement, Aanchal's father Roshan Thakur who is the General Secretary of Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI), was elated.

Narendra Modi tweeted out his delight towards India's bronze medal and while this may have been just a regular tweet, the stars have all aligned for Aaanchal's father Roshan Lal Thakur. "Wishing you the very best in your future endeavors", he tweeted. My first ever worldwide medal.

Roshan himself financed her daughter's skiing journey to global level and also revealed that ministry do not consider it as a sport.

The fact that Winter Games Federation of India is not recognised by the Sports Ministry also doesn't help their case. "This is a historic moment for Himachal and for the entire nation", Jai Ram told TOI.

Earlier in 2012, when Aanchal was only 16, she had represented India at the Winter Youth Olympics organised at Innsbruck, Austria.